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22 Apr 2014     Glen Kalem
Translating Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet into Papiamento

By Hilda de Windt-Ayoubi Translating The Prophet started in an almost mystical way. Someone I know, asked me 6 years ago, if I knew Kahlil Gibran. Despite the fact that I wrote him that I did not, he kept mentioning Kahlil’s name once in a while. He wrote me that some aspects of my poems remembered him of this writer.  One day he told me that Kahlil, like my parents, hailed from Lebanon. It was then that I could not close my heart any more. So I went in google-search of this Lebanese writer. When I saw his oeuvre I was really startled. In 2011 my son Faried, bought me The Prophet as a birthday present. I was really touched by this wonderful book. A few months later, I got the second present, a translation into Dutch, De Profeet. While reading this translation, I felt a great desire to translate this marvelous book into Papiamento, our local...

3 Apr 2014     Glen Kalem
The Prophet of War

The Prophet of War by Glen Kalem Picture this; you’re a combat soldier in WWII a few thousand miles away from home, hunched down in a murky bunker waiting for your orders to leap out onto the frontline of Normandy. Moreover, you’re the co-pilot flying a United States aircraft loaded with an atomic bomb en route to the Japanese city of Hiroshima… or further still, you’re one of the sixty-eight American servicewomen captured as a POW in the Philippines. Packed in your uniform sits an oblong-shaped paperback – the front cover reads “Armed Services Edition” Next to it, a distinguished catchphrase “This is the complete book – not a digest”; in between is a photograph of the original book cover and an accompanying title with the author’s name, and t...

22 Apr 2014     Glen Kalem
Gibran in Italy

Francesco Medici is a well accomplished scholar and translator of the works of Kahlil Gibran. A native of Bari, Italy he has translated many of Gibran’s work including the plays, “Lazarus and his beloved” and “The Blind Man” and not to mention the critically acclaimed “The Prophet” in Italian. Francesco is also a research assistant on the film Kahlil Gibran The Reluctant Visionary who has contributed immensely items of research and priceless articles towards the film’s story and treatment. He has a couple of new books out in Italian that are well worth looking into. The first book is titled: “Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet and the Child” [Il profeta e il bambino] this is a collection of unpublished w...

16 Sep 2016     Glen Kalem
The Prophets Muse

Writer/curator Tania Sammons will teach an eight-week course exploring how Mary Haskell Minis, The Prophet’s “muse,” transcended her southern roots, cultivated New England lifestyle, and gender limitations to influence world history. As patron, educator, and traveler Mary Haskell Minis engaged the lofty goal “to make or mar the cosmos” through financial and editorial support of artist-writer Kahlil Gibran whose work “The Prophet” became one of the most influential texts of the twentieth century. Using Mary Haskell Minis as our muse, this course will survey major American history events from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, including Reconstruction, women’s rights, and immigration, as well as the social history of travel, philanthropy, and education. The course finale is a visit to Laurel Grove Cemetery to pay homage to this fascinating woman. The Learn...

16 May 2016     Glen Kalem
Prisoners Of Conscience | Prisoners Of Conscience

Republished  from Huffington Post (Religion) Article By Layli Miron Bahá’í grad student Recently, my husband and I sat spellbound by The Prophet, a gorgeous film adaptation of the 1923 book of poems by Kahlil Gibran. In the film, the prophetic writer and artist, Almustafa (aka Mustafa), is a prisoner of an oppressive government, confined on a Mediterranean island called Orphalese. While the government is not named, various clues point to the Ottoman Empire. The only crime Almustafa has committed is using his faculty for words to advocate for the common folk—which endangers the authorities’ power.

7 May 2018     Glen Kalem
May Rihani appointed new Gibran Chair Director | May Rihani appointed new Gibran Chair Director.

NEWS The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland has appointed May Rihani as the director of the George and Lisa Zakhem Kahlil Gibran Chair for Values and Peace.

2 May 2016     Glen Kalem
A Publisher is Known By The Company He Reaps | Kahlil Gibran

A Publisher Is Known By the Company He Keeps Reaps.  by Glen Kalem  “[B]ut it was Blanche’s peculiar astuteness that led to the 1923 publication of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, whose modest initial sales would metastasize 40 years later, in the woo-woo ’60s, helping to lift Knopf into the commercial big-time” A new biography on Blanche Knopf, wife of publishing giant Alfred A. Knopf, whose published works include such authors as Carl Van...

7 Sep 2015     Glen Kalem
New book ~ An anthology of Arab-American poetry by Francesco Medici

  A New Book by Francesco Medici brings into focus an anthology of the Pen Bond.  New York, April 28th 1920 in Kahlil Gibran’s studio a dozen of Syrian-Lebanese writers who emigrated to the United States founded officially a political literary circle known as the 

3 Apr 2014     Glen Kalem
The Pictorial Universe of Kahlil Gibran

The Pictorial Universe of Kahlil Gibran by Eva María Ayala Canseco The Bohemian Club of Boston When Gibran Kahlil Gibran and his family arrived in the United States from Lebanon, they encountered a nation in the midst of an industrial boom. The city in which they would settle was Bost...

7 Jun 2014     Glen Kalem
Gibran has a new address on Planet Mercury

Gibran gets a Crater named after him on planet Mercury.   July 2009 ~ The International Astronomical Union (IAU) names 16 impact craters on Mercury. The newly named craters were imaged during the mission’s first two flybys of Mercury in January and October last year. Naming the craters helps to identify and improve communication among those studying the planet’s geology says; MESSENGER Participating Scientist Dave Blewett, of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, in Laurel, Md. The IAU has been the overseers of planetary and satellite nomenclature since its inception in 1919. In keeping with the established naming theme for craters on Mercury, all of the craters are named after famous ...

24 May 2014     Glen Kalem
A Prophet has been re-born in Curaçao

by Glen Kalem May 21, 2014 ~ at NAAM The National Anthropological – Archaeological Museum in Pietermaai Curaçao While most of the international (Gibran) focus this past week has been about the pre-launch of Salma Hayek’s inspired animation of The Prophet  held at the illustrious Cannes Film Festival in France, a small island in the Caribbean – probably internationally-known by its citrus-infused liqueur Blue Curaçao ...

22 May 2014     Glen Kalem
Global Gibran ~ The Prophet and its Readership

What do Elvis Presley, the richest man in the world, and Guantanamo Bay prisons all have in common? They all read and admired the work of Kahlil Gibran. On the 14th and 15th of May 2014, via an invitation from the Lebanese American University of Lebanon and sponsored by the Departments of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Communication Arts, Mr. Glen Kalem, international Kahlil Gibran researcher and historian, presented a lecture to faculty and students highlighting 16 years of research unearthing the “Global Gibran and His Readership.” The lecture focused on who has read The Prophet

20 May 2014     Glen Kalem
Salma Hayek Talks Turning Philosophy Into Animation for The Prophet

A passionate Salma Hayek was at the Cannes Film Festival to present a work-in-progress screening of The Prophet, based on Kahlil Gibran’s philosophical novel. Turning this 1923 best-seller into an animated feature was always going to be a challenge, but casting some of the best in the business gave her the confidence to meet such a feat. This powerhouse list has Hayek producing along side  Clark Peterson, Jose Tamez and Ron Senkowski. Head director Roger Allers was chosen to lead the helm of A-list animators from across the globe, including the likes of Tomm Moore, Joan C. Gratz, Joann Sfar, Bill Plympton, Paul and Gaetan Brizzi, Michal Socha, Nina Paley and Mohammed Saeed Harib as each mastered a different thematic section of the ...

9 May 2014     Glen Kalem
The Prophet to premiere at Cannes 2014

Participant Media and the Doha Film Institute’s animated adaption of Kahlil Gibran’s book “The Prophet” will premiere at Cannes 2014. This animated feature film brings together many celebrated animators from around the globe, with each one capturing a chapter in “The Prophet” with their own signature style.

30 Apr 2014     Glen Kalem
New Book ~ The Essential Rihani

The Essential Rihani, a unique volume containing some of the most important works of Ameen Rihani as edited by Suheil Bushrui and May Rihani and published by The George and Lisa Zakhem Kahlil Gibran Chair for Values and Peace was released in May 2014. Summary: “Ameen Rihani was a Lebanese-American essayist, novelist, philosopher, and poet who believed passionately in the oneness of the world’s religions and the brotherhood of all nations. He was a formidable intellectual force in shaping and revitalizing the modern Arab intellectual renaissance, and has contributed significantly to the enlightened views that remain an important legacy for Lebanon, the Arab world, and for the world at large. This unique publication by the George and Lisa Zakhem Kahlil Gibran Chair for...

28 Apr 2014     Glen Kalem
Bcherre: Gibrans birth village nestled in the Wadi Qadisha of Mt. Lebanon

Gibran Khalil Gibran, who became known as Kahlil Gibran, was born in the far north of Lebanon on 6 January 1883. The village of his birth, Bisharri, is perched on a small plateau at the edge of one of the cliffs of Wadi Qadisha, known as the sacred valley. Towering above is Mount Lebanon.   P1020009 from Elucidate Pictures on Vimeo....

28 Apr 2014     Glen Kalem
New Book ~ Bradawn Yeats – A Khalil Gibran Tribute to W.B. Yeats

A new book by Irish philosopher and poet Richard McSweeney examining the beloved Lebanese writer and poet Kahlil Gibran was released in January 2014. ‘Bradawn Yeats – A Khalil Gibran Tribute to W.B. Yeats’ serves as an enlightening resource that shows Gibran’s appreciation for one of the foremost literary figures. About Richard McSweeney A self-originating lyrical philosopher of Éire (Ireland), McSweeney is happily married and has a son and a daughter. He lived in the Republic of Korea for thirteen years, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for three, and a further three in the United Arab Emirates. Since 2001, he has been living and writing back home in Ireland. McSweeney holds a BA in Korean Language & Literature, and an MA in Classical Chinese Philosophy, both of which he accomplished through the mediums of Korean and Classical Chine...

3 Feb 2014     Glen Kalem
Ms. Tania Sammons receives the 2014 Kahlil Gibran International award

Media Release Tuesday, 4 February 14 The George and Lisa Zakhem Kahlil Gibran Chair for Values and Peace at the University of Maryland, and the International Association for the Study of the Life and Works of Kahlil Gibran have selected Ms. Tania Sammons to receive the 2014 Kahlil Gibran International Award for the outstanding services she has rendered in fostering the Kahlil Gibran and Mary Haskell heritage, superbly represented in the exclusive collection of artworks at the Telfair Museums in Savannah, Georgia.

22 Apr 2014     Glen Kalem
Kahlil Gibran in China

On November 24, 2020, as part of their annual Middle Eastern Literature conference, the Peking University celebrated the 130th anniversary of Kahlil Gibran by bringing together academics from across China. Mr. Glen Kalem, an executive member of the newly-founded Kahlil Gibran Global Forum, also made the journey from Sydney, Australia, to be part of this celebrated event. Mr. Kalem’s visit marks the first-ever to China by any Western scholar of Gibran. His aim was to bridge the cultural and academic gap that has been in place since the earliest of Gibran’s translations in the 1920s, whilst also promoting a healthy and on-going dialogue between Gibran scholars of China and the West, where most of the study and research has been the focus over the last 90 years. Peking University is the academic and spiritual home of Gibran in China, with translation...

22 Apr 2014     Glen Kalem
Rare Photograph of Kahlil Gibran Found!

RARE PHOTOGRAPH OF KAHLIL GIBRAN FOUND Francesco Medici, an international Gibran scholar and research producer for The Documentary film Kahlil Gibran The Reluctant Visionary has unearthed a rare photograph of Gibran lost in a private collection, held at the National Museum of American History. This photograph ‘Silver gelatin on paper 1 item, 5.8″ x 9.6″ may have eluded scholars and researchers due to the incorrect spelling of Gibran’s surname. “Giran” The Craft Studios photo taken in October 1924 captures an event hosted by The Progressive Syrian American Club; the evening was held to honor Gibran for his community and literary work. Men and women can be seen seated at several banquet tables in a large room at Tuller Hotel, there is a...